A Focus On Faith

November 16, 2010

Author: Barney Zwartz

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


A scrubby bush in the desert may seem an odd candidate for a sacred space, but so it was - according to the biblical account - when Moses approached the burning bush that fire did not consume. ''Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground,'' he was commanded.


What makes a place sacred for the community that worships there? Is it the memory of an event, as at a shrine, or is it the architecture, the activity of worship, the expectations of the people or the leaders. Is it all, or none, of these - something much harder to articulate?